How Would You Escape North Korea? (The 7 Choices)

  • Published on Mar 16, 2017
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    If you were living in North Korea right now - trying to survive on a diet of rats, grass, soil and tree bark, quenching your thirst by drinking out of mud puddles in the ground - what would you do?
    There's also the conceivable chance of being sent to a political prison camp for years on end just because you innocently thought out loud one day to a bunch of friends (North Korean propaganda is strong), where you are then beaten, tortured, and left so hungry that you are forced to dig and consume the grains out of faeces, or the maggots from dead bodies just so you have the energy to perhaps last one more day.
    You'd probably wanna escape. But how?
    The North Korean government in Pyongyang refuses to let its citizens leave, a clear violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, viewing North Korean defectors as traitorous criminals. Captured North Koreans would be subject to unimaginable torture and often public executions.
    If they are successful in their escape, then three to four generations of their family back home would be sent to North Korean prison camps to rot ....or worse. This is a strong deterrent.
    But this still doesn't stop desperate North Koreans from tempting fate. In this video, I'll go over the seven ways to escape the DPRK, including the most dangerous, the most unforgiving, the most unique, and the most unexpected.
    The North Korean border on the south side (ie. South Korean border / Korean DMZ) is the shortest distance to travel for safety and stability but as a result, the regime makes it dangerously hard. A North Korean escapee can be shot down by North Korean soldiers (border guards) or step on the many landmines in the area.
    The northern border to China has it's own set of challenges. Most North Korean refugees escape through this way, usually crossing the Tumen River border (like the famous North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee). Once in China, the nightmare doesn't end there.
    There are also other, more unconventional ways you can try to escape such as through North Korean labor camps.
    Even if you make it to safety and resettle in a stable country, the North Korean regime will still try to hunt you down, so you're never truly safe. Especially if you're an outspoken critic or a threat to Kim Jong-un's power - just ask his half brother, Kim Jong-nam

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  • Kento Bento
    Kento Bento  2 years ago +3819

    - The only way to 'take down the regime' as I mentioned at the end of the video is to help disseminating as much information about South Korea and the rest of the world to everyday North Koreans, so they can create their own 'Korean Spring' uprising and revolution. Change must start internally.
    - To the people who keep saying the video is useless/stupid because internet is BANNED in North Korea & North Koreans wouldn't be able to see it - you're not supposed to take the title literally. It's obviously not meant for actual North Koreans living in North Korea. It's the dynamic of the video narrative to imagine how life would be if you were placed in such a situation. MOST people watching intuitively get this.
    - I didn't get into why China & North Korea are allies. Here's a video explaining it:
    - The fear of being caught in China is so great, that some arm themselves with crushed chilli peppers to throw at guards who may try to stop them. If detained, they may pull out a small knife; not to harm others, but themselves. Sadly, a clean slit to the wrist/throat, or a fatal stab to the stomach often beats getting sent back to North Korea.
    - There are Chinese people in China who feel sympathetic to the NK defectors' plight and end up helping them, risking imprisonment themselves. I hear even some Chinese police officers do this.
    - There are many Christian organizations and pastors who help NK defectors. Raising money so they can afford escape brokers and extra costs for the perilous journey ahead.
    - Russia and North Korea share a border along the tail end of the Tumen River, but defectors rarely cross at this point as it is only 17km long - it's a small stretch of land easily patrolled by border guards.
    - Numerous North Koreans have still made it to Russia, but this was more so in the past and almost always through China, during times when border security was loose.
    - Russia and North Korea are also long-time allies, so even if defectors were to make it to Russia, the likelihood of being deported is high.
    - To the people getting offended when I said North Korea outsources its labor force to several countries around the world including Poland, as well as others I plotted on the map at 10:48, it's public knowledge! (not too hard to look up). People who are particularly sensitive with the Poland inclusion seem to think I'm somehow connecting it to german labor/concentration camps of the past. It's got nothing to do with that. This is not some negative agenda I have towards Poland as some have insinuated. However, it's been noted that North Koreans are employed by 32 companies in Poland under impoverished conditions. Here are 2 such sources:
    - 'Non-elite' North Koreans also may end up bribing border guards and paying escape brokers. It's just not as common. The elite don't have to worry about saving up for it however.
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    • Robi Yeshua Puerto
      Robi Yeshua Puerto Month ago

      Phew good thing i was not born in north korea i am filipino

    • - Wolf506 -
      - Wolf506 - Month ago

      My mom is from thailand!

    • Photosounder
      Photosounder Month ago

      Why would I want to escape Best Korea?
      "The only way to 'take down the regime' as I mentioned at the end of the video is to help disseminating as much information about South Korea and the rest of the world to everyday North Koreans, so they can create their own 'Korean Spring' uprising and revolution. Change must start internally."
      Take down the regime??? Gulag yourself you absolute Soros-funded imperialist regime change-thirsty neocon cunt!! "Oh no look at these poor people in North Korea, their women aren't whoring themselves out for free from the age of 16 like all the women in the """civilised""" world do, they probably don't even have tranny/sodomite propaganda in schools or an opioid or obesity or AIDS epidemic like we do. Wow we can't let a single country not have our shitty immoral degenerate capitalist progress that leads to people turning into diabetic unmarried cunts, we have to do something! Surely if North Koreans find out about our sick way of life they will rise up and demand dysfunctional corrupt American-style democracy, Big Macs and that the Moranbong Band starts making vapid shitty songs for tweenagers like K-Pop bands made of talentless whores do in South Korea" -- t. You. Who the fuck are you to decide what's best for Best Koreans or not? You don't know shit about Best Korea, only shitty propaganda that originates from Worst Korean and Chinese tabloids that then everybody else is happy to repeat as if it were fact. Stupid imperialist cunts believe that Best Koreans live in the dark about the rest of the world and only know propaganda, but that's you, you're the one in the dark who knows nothing else but propaganda. Best Korea best enemy of Israel and neocon cunts like you! Juche idea best idea ever! Fuck you!
      To all you sceptical cunts, google "Why do North Korean defector testimonies so often fall apart?", even what the defectors say is fake bullshit that you want to hear. Everything you know is fake. You morons actually believe that everyone in Best Korea has been starving for the last 25 years straight. How the hell do you starve for 25 years straight? Bullshit propaganda like this video are all about lubing the public opinion for some aggressive bullshit, look at the comments, after watching this shitty CIA-funded video there's people begging for nuking Best Korea.

    • Alex Feng
      Alex Feng 2 months ago

      1. Dongbei Province of China, which directly connected to North Korea, has a minority group that is basically Korean descents that recognize themselves as Chinese. Many members of the group work underground providing a number of safe houses for North Korean defectors.

    • Krzysztof Kędra
      Krzysztof Kędra 2 months ago

      +Kento Bento Well, this 'updated' info is still highly misleading, almost such as those fake news links quoted here. there were some foreign firms in Poland that hired those people but it's considered a criminal thing in Poland and it was prosecuted by Polish AT units.
      And to your knowledge - it can be considered nearly as offensive as calling nazi German camps located in Poland as 'Polish'. With all respect for providing useful information that can let North Korean people escape the regime, I gotta say this part is still offensive.

  • ภูมิยศ ชีพประกิต

    Who hates old comments

  • Anthony Hernandez

    I would never leave the USA for any of those pieces of shit countries anyway. Korea, India, Russian, China. Wanna know what it's like there? Take a shit and stick your head in the bowl.

  • Alex Crossland
    Alex Crossland Day ago

    propaganda much?

  • Mean olp
    Mean olp Day ago

    If only all countries collie together and break down that NK and rescue those koraeans

  •  Day ago

    Like in the movies.

  • •Wilson CM•
    •Wilson CM• 2 days ago +3

    *Thank God I was born on the Philippines*

  • Renshan W
    Renshan W 2 days ago +2

    As a Chinese living in the northern part of China, I know a thing or two about this matter:
    1) Don't go to Beijing, the capital city. Even though the south korean embassy is located in there, North korean spies also take root in this city. I know a Korean restaurant near my home is actually run by NK secret police department, kinda like an open secret. Those guys are here to spy on South Korean residents living in Wangjing quarter of Beijing, and if you are careless you could easily get caught not by Chinese officials, but NK spies.

    2) Yes China officially have a deal with UK to deport any refugee back to NK. As far as I know however, border controls often keep one eye closed on this matter. There are many Chinese citizen of Korean origin living near the northern border who are sympathizers. It may be far from totally safe, but still it is better choice than going through the DMZ.

    3) From what I heard, the underground trade routes between China and North Korea are flourishing. Chinese TV dramas and South Korean music are pouring into the northern region of NK, which becomes a headache for local official. But still, there are changes. People are getting aware of the outside world.

  • EnchantedPencil Comics
    EnchantedPencil Comics 2 days ago +1

    Is there a biography of the guy who crossed the border with a bunch of Mexicans? Because that sounds like an amazing tale.

  • Karla Velazquez
    Karla Velazquez 2 days ago

    :((((((((((((( i'm sad now

  • gun man
    gun man 3 days ago

    Wait for the next 30 years

  • blanca aquilar
    blanca aquilar 3 days ago

    If ww3 comes and North Korea wins at least I won't be there to suffer.

  • Ayan Mukherjee
    Ayan Mukherjee 4 days ago

    This video is no use because north Korea n people cannot watch this

  • Corporal Hollywood
    Corporal Hollywood 4 days ago

    send them dominoes , they will learn the art of chain reaction

  • Julianna Jakubas
    Julianna Jakubas 4 days ago

    I feel grateful to be living in Ireland

  • 王嘉祺
    王嘉祺 4 days ago

    눈_눈 After watching this video, people would think that China is the second evil country in the world

  • Salvador Soto
    Salvador Soto 4 days ago +2

    If this video was in North Korea, it'll be called 7 Ways to be Killed in North Korea

  • Cardi B Needs to explain life

    4:18 It would be unfortunate to be shot in your private parts right before you died

  • graham peebles
    graham peebles 5 days ago +1

    Paramoter over the border

  • ShirtPants
    ShirtPants 6 days ago

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  • Emanuel SAngma
    Emanuel SAngma 6 days ago

    Escape to Northeast India 😅

  • Emanuel SAngma
    Emanuel SAngma 6 days ago

    Escape to Northeast India 😅

  • Andrei Calin
    Andrei Calin 6 days ago

    *Kim Jong Un Has Joined The Chat*

  • ichiban2point0
    ichiban2point0 7 days ago

    The DMZ is the perfect place to escape. The ultimate escape from everything. Life! It is best to die on your feet than live on your knees!

  • jay E
    jay E 7 days ago

    NK is not that bad .there are more shitty countries

  • wertia3
    wertia3 8 days ago

    If only the North Koreans could watch this

  • Joseph Zingg
    Joseph Zingg 8 days ago

    Awesome video and horrible reality. Prayers. Terrible when governments rule using fear and duress.
    The horrible acts done based on the belief of evolution, an unsubstantiated conjecture (speculation), not even a theory that can be test, for those who still cannot understand, an example such as gravity (testable). Why do people want to believe in that over The Bible, to serve the god and worship of SELF. For great information read, 'World Religions and Cults Counterfeits of Christianity' by Bodie Hodge & Roger Patterson.

  • Shadow girl
    Shadow girl 8 days ago

    Gasp HUH 𗀺𗀺𗀺𗁒𗁒𗁒𗁒𗁒𗁒𗁒𗀻𗀻𗀻𗀹𗀻𗀹

  • Top5Shqip
    Top5Shqip 9 days ago

    The worst thing about this is Russia supporting them. And they even talk about western propaganda when they're the allies of a dictatorial regime.

  • DS Gaming
    DS Gaming 9 days ago

    In fact, why dont we go to the South Korean's embassy in Hanoi?

  • Sun shine
    Sun shine 9 days ago

    As a Chinese, I’m crying watching this and feel so sorry for NK people. I hate NK government as well as Chinese government... Both are most evil government in the world. Hope USA can help the people of our two countries destroy these two evil governments.

  • Jeff the killer
    Jeff the killer 9 days ago

    I wanna destroy North Korea for that there’s nothing good about this

  • Xu Huiming
    Xu Huiming 10 days ago

    Kim Jong Un drinks vodka?

  • mariam
    mariam 10 days ago

    how hasn't the korean government taken this video down?

  • IP ID
    IP ID 11 days ago

    북한 경제가 그렇게 나쁘진 않다는데

    NILLER 11 days ago

    Yes i found a tutorial, now i can escape north korea

  • Elias Bugarin
    Elias Bugarin 12 days ago

    The one that crossed with the Mexicans that one traveled a bit

  • Aynee Bonsalagan
    Aynee Bonsalagan 12 days ago

    kim jong un(idc about the right spelling of his name) SHOULD BE ANNIHILATED RIGHT IN THIS VERY MOMENT!

  • Aynee Bonsalagan
    Aynee Bonsalagan 12 days ago +5

    He is the Hitler of this generation. Diabolical mad and sinister.

  • Benny Tan
    Benny Tan 12 days ago

    Too bad North Korean citizens can’t see this video because they have no access to the internet

  • Vladimir can see you Watch your back

    15:11 damn right who wouldn’t after being accused of RAPING A FUCKING CHILD

  • *LaDY* *L0VE*
    *LaDY* *L0VE* 16 days ago

    TayYoungHoe 😂😭😭😭😭

  • Nithin John
    Nithin John 17 days ago

    I have got a better idea start serving N.korea as a soldier and escape through the millitrised zone...

  • Dusty Lamp
    Dusty Lamp 17 days ago +1

    Just build lol.

  • Анне демченко

    no way through russian border¡?

  • Study Hard Be Evil
    Study Hard Be Evil 18 days ago

    You must translate this video to Korean language so that if somehow North Koreans can somehow access TVclip can understand this video.

  • dank A
    dank A 18 days ago

    What if Kim was watching this?

  • Hi Sis
    Hi Sis 18 days ago

    I would take a boat to japan

  • D. MD
    D. MD 18 days ago

    10 year contracts for working in a foreign country - that aint right, u sound like fake news. ;)

  • Vinnie
    Vinnie 19 days ago

    Option 8: /tp

  • Shadow
    Shadow 20 days ago +6

    99% of people wont read this but

    Have a fantastic day 1 %

  • Rhysbans
    Rhysbans 20 days ago

    So, so, so sad

  • Danny Richards
    Danny Richards 21 day ago

    Take a run 4 it and plan ahead of time best you can to plan ahead of time.

  • Le Julius
    Le Julius 21 day ago


  • J마시
    J마시 21 day ago

    It's easy to get through the dmz (more than anywhere else), but it's not safe.

  • Leonard Wong
    Leonard Wong 21 day ago

    Ridiculous... tens of soldiers can't shoot a man? more likely he's a spy.
    Does anyone you really think a regime that terrorizes and tightly monitors it's people will let anyone escape?
    Don't be naive, ..... they are obviously spies. Entire generations of their family will be executed if these "defectors" don't do the regime's bidding once they make it across.

  • Lovely Farts Spinosaurus

    That intro is trash.

  • KaransHYPER
    KaransHYPER 21 day ago

    XD I wish they could see it

  • Swapnagandha Jagtap
    Swapnagandha Jagtap 22 days ago

    They can go to Russia

  • keenan s
    keenan s 22 days ago

    6:57 louis vuitton...

  • Jake The Steak
    Jake The Steak 22 days ago


  • Developer Umair
    Developer Umair 22 days ago

    Someone talking about propaganda while making a propaganda video.

  • 게임폭판마
    게임폭판마 24 days ago

    Real answer

    Kim's son

  • CopBabyCombo
    CopBabyCombo 24 days ago +1

    the North Korean government probably watched this video to strengthen their border patrol security.

    • The Low Dough Tech Show
      The Low Dough Tech Show 16 days ago

      South Korea Changed the WiFi password, so North Korea's internet has been down for weeks.

  • Nathan HUYNH
    Nathan HUYNH 24 days ago

    🇰🇵=🏳️‍🌈. 🇺🇸=yay

  • Outlaw Gaming
    Outlaw Gaming 25 days ago


  • L1. rky
    L1. rky 25 days ago

    The 7 Choices,
    Each worth a million thoughts

  • seo marie
    seo marie 25 days ago +2

    South and North Korea did not go to war.
    The Korean War is the war that MacArthur and Stalin attacked the
    Korean Peninsula.

  • Taha Yıldırım
    Taha Yıldırım 25 days ago


  • Palitha Hettigoda
    Palitha Hettigoda 26 days ago

    option 8 sign up to be a camera man for a documentry

  • asdf asdf
    asdf asdf 26 days ago

    10:50 poland?
    Wher from is that information?
    I live in poland, it is not a bad country.

  • Casimir Wypyski
    Casimir Wypyski 26 days ago +1

    Didn’t realize how many vids this guy does on Japan/Koreas. Interesting stuff as an american /european

  • Dev Jayprakash
    Dev Jayprakash 27 days ago

    I remember a few weeks ago in Year 7 (UK) a friend of mine moved back to his original country. When I was told he nationality... I was shocked. He was North Korean and his family had been accused of not being that ethnicity. He could build and sculpt amazing things out of carboard. I will never know what happened to Duke Song or Hijaan Song and his brother Henry and his family...

  • Heroin City
    Heroin City 27 days ago

    Still ain't as cold as my ex girlfriend.

  • B U N N I
    B U N N I 27 days ago

    Im South Korean. Also at 5:52 "Soul" no it's pronounced "Zueoul"

  • Robert Esposito
    Robert Esposito 27 days ago

    There's still hope. The video is subbed in KOREAN

  • OOFOOF2018
    OOFOOF2018 27 days ago


  • Ducks
    Ducks 27 days ago

    I’m 12 will this hack work . Please let me know ..

  • Mario -_-Rodrigues
    Mario -_-Rodrigues 28 days ago

    You just said all the options to Kim bro

  • Awesome guy
    Awesome guy 28 days ago

    sub to pewds

  • John's Lemon
    John's Lemon 28 days ago

    *Kim Jong-Un Wants To Know Your Location*

  • Alexiss Lin
    Alexiss Lin 28 days ago

    I feel privileged to live in Canada now.

    The sad thing is that North Koreans won't be seeing this video

  • GamingX
    GamingX 29 days ago


  • dominique gilbert
    dominique gilbert 29 days ago


  • Swify Leaf
    Swify Leaf 29 days ago

    I’m Canadian and I support poor North Korea people and I so sorry when you live in North Korea

  • George
    George 29 days ago

    South Koreans fucking hate North Koreans !

  • Kamryn's vlog
    Kamryn's vlog 29 days ago

    hey when you go into the Gobi desert you might see logan paul and a dead hanging man

  • cole coufal iz awesome

    if it is the demilitarized zone, why is the most militarized place in North Korea

  • Black Man
    Black Man Month ago

    anyone watchin in 2019???

  • Amanda Smith
    Amanda Smith Month ago

    End your life and start a nother one

  • Mr Soap
    Mr Soap Month ago

    I have a question when your trying to get to Thailand why doesn’t you go to Myanmar then go to thailand

  • Casey Johnson Fans
    Casey Johnson Fans Month ago

    Thisnwas very informative and broke my heart for those poor people - Thankyou so much for educating me on this topic...

  • ZonateWheat15
    ZonateWheat15 Month ago +1

    You are still on the FBI watchlist...

  • Heartless Angel
    Heartless Angel Month ago

    This is sad af...

  • Freddy Alexander
    Freddy Alexander Month ago

    And politicians who support NC still say thats fake.

    • George
      George 29 days ago

      What does North Carolina have to do with this ?

  • Freddy Alexander
    Freddy Alexander Month ago

    And people still commenting shit about our US...

  • The Adventures of Hamstore!

    Option 8: become the leader and join South Korea

  • Aleda Addair
    Aleda Addair Month ago

    orrr...Just do what the people on the interview did

  • BeesKnees
    BeesKnees Month ago

    5.7k people that disliked this are all the North Koreans that failed escaping.

  • Jesse Weitkuhn
    Jesse Weitkuhn Month ago

    we need to take down that fat pig! its really messed up on whats going on over there.